The debut of Andrea Pompillio's eponymous collection had us enchanted with the Italian designer's refreshingly unpretentious yet authentic style. Pompillio has worked by the side of some menswear greats including Neil Barrett and Stefano Pilati. Most recently he was at Bally as the ready-to-wear designer. From the tailored 'sweatpants' (with built-in belt and slacks pocket), to the chunky yet sleek shoes and specially dyed heavyweight socks, every detail was carefully considered. Most fun was the live music furnished by a band of Russian folk singers that the designer found in the train station of his home town of Pesaro.Watch our video of the event
Chocolates from Genova
This weekend we popped round to visit architect Matteo Thun and his wife Susanne in their beautiful Milan home. Since talk turned to zero-kilometer food (a concept very dear to this architect's heart), Thun unwrapped this package of exquisite Pietro Romanengo chocolates from Genova. Though Genova is 147km from Milan, it's decidedly closer to home than Geneva. And Romanengo, which was founded in 1780, is the country's oldest chocolate maker.
Back in the day a classic 3 inch murky polaroid would've sufficed backstage for reference to the line up of model and look order. But now that Burberry is wired up to 21st-century technology (ie a live streaming show and buy-on-demand straight after the show) the company boasted these high definition poster sized photos that were camera ready enough to go straight from the backstage walls and smack onto their e- commerce website.
For a break from the typical Milanese man's fascination with all things sprayed-on - just take a look at your waiter or the guy walking down the street in the skin-tight button-down shirt – there is always Marni. Home of intellectual fashion that is pared down and gives a man enough room to breathe.
Zegna's giant Mongolian racoon hats with flappy dog ears are exactly what we want for London's next snowstorm.
Only a big butch beaver fur coat, like this one shown at Tom Ford's Milan headquarters, could stand up to these industrial super-sized zippers.
In their second men's collection for Bally, Michael Herz and Graeme Fidler continued on their path of functional minimalism with classic daywear and old-faithful colour combinations of khaki and black or navy and grey. The look was clean and precise with crisp buttoned-up shirts and great pieces like a double-bonded leather peacoat whose pine interior peeked out from a tobacco shell.
Woolrich Low Carbon Canteen
Woolrich Woolen Mills tapped Roman food designers Arabeschi di Latte to conceive its clever Low Carbon Canteen during its fashion presentation in Milan. Set up mess hall style in an army tent, the brunch featured a line up of delicious italian dishes (from zuppa dei ceci to fennel with capers) all of which was labeled with the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in its production.
Woolrich Low Carbon Canteen
Is it a hiking boot or a loafer? We love fashion mutations.
Jil Sander An up-close look at the bumpy texture of Jil Sander's quilting technique, inspired by Amish wedding tradition, on this watermelon-tinted men's T-Shirt
The recycled rubber sole on this Church's country boot had a lovely speckled texture
Neil BarrettWe love the graphic quality to Neil Barrett's backstage model line-up
Bottega Veneta's Tomas Maier injected colour into his fall menswear collection, but did it in the subtle way that most men can stomach. We love, for instance, these black leather lace ups with a lime green tongue.
Umit BenanTurkish-born Umit Benan is quickly shaping up to become one of Milan's most intriguing menswear makers. Using his preferred live model-tableau, Benan took on the world of banking. 'I was getting bored with all of this talk about bankers', the designer said during his presentation in the bar at the Carlton Hotel Baglioni. 'And it got me thinking, why does everyone who works in a bank look the same? They are all so clean and white. There are no bearded men or midgets'. The thought led the designer to create a series of 21st century characters that he himself would like to be greeted by the next time he takes a stroll through the New York Stock Exchange area. Included in the perfectly cast well-dressed mix was the eager intern, the skirted drug dealer, the Rastafarian African guy, the day-off guy and a man he dubbed the Charlie Sheen character who combined a garment of oversized volume with a 1980s leather jacket.
Marc JacobsMarc Jacobs collaborated with Brooklyn-based artist Bäst for his menswear collection. Here, one of the mixed media artist's stencilled pieces that inspired the graphic patterns on T-shirts, scarves and limited edition carpet bags.
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